For example, when I'm developing and debugging applications deployed to the dev and test servers, if you want to see the various log files involved it requires:
- Logging in to the server (if you have an account)
- Finding the log files (if you remember where they are and have permissions to read them)
- Tailing in a console
To make it easier, I created vsConsole - a java (grails) based web application that polls agents on the servers - so with a couple of clicks you can be tailing your favourite log file on your dev/test server.
It works well for our testers that I work with on my day job - it saves them the hassle of ssh and unix accounts and permissions. The convenience of a browser based application is in their opinion worthwhile and they get real value from it.
Select a file and when the page loads, you can toggle tailing by clicking the "Start/Stop tailing" button - and you'll see updates file gets appended to.
For more information, see
I'd appreciate feedback - I'm considering building version 2 with a desktop like UI and other features if there is any interest.